London

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Sakoni’s

5-8 Dominion Parade Station Rd, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 2TR

There is nothing fancy about this canteen style eatery at the end of Harrow Road which looks like it’s been decked out with bathroom tiles – but you will have to queue and with good reason: the food is fantastic.

Try the:  chilli paneer, bhajra with jaggery, bhel puri and wash it down with a mango lassi

;ahore kebab

Lahore Kebab House

2-10 Umberston Street, London, E1 1PY

Be sure to try the lamb chops and payas in this impossible 500 seater restaurant and stop by the kitchen to see the big vats, fire and brimstone style cooking and chefs wearing men-in-black style headphones    www.lahore-kebabhouse.com

Leicester

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Bobby’s

154 - 156 Belgrave Road, Leicester LE4 5AT

I have never walked past Bobby’s on Leicester’s curry and jewellery mile without stopping in for the best ‘dhokla’ aka chickpea sponges in the world. They are supremely good and i’ve been eating them for the last 30 years of my life with vigour, conviction, frequency and much much joy.